19th century wooden netsuke of seated Kintaro leaning on a large axe in front of him. Kintaro, the child of the forest (also known as Kintoki) was raised by Yama Uba, and possessed an extraordinary strength. Nice quality carving, wonderful depiction of his face and clothing. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black and then wood starts showing, beautiful wear and patina. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century/Meiji period Japanese ivory paper knife/page turner with raised and sunken relief carving of an owl on a branch watching a moth in flight. Design continues on the back showing an open wing of the owl and some vegetation. Excellent detailed carving of the bird’s differentiated feathers, eyes inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Great patina, signed KANEMITSU on the back. Beautiful high quality material, wonderful object for a desk in excellent condition. Length 8 1/4 inches.
Early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Green Tara - the miraculous savior rescuing all beings from suffering - surrounded by her 21 various forms. She particularly saves from the “eight calamities” of both mundane and spiritual nature: 1. lions and pride 2. wild elephants and delusion 3. forest fires and hatred 4. snakes and envy 5. robbers and fanatical views 6. prisons and avarice 7. floods and lust 8. demons and doubts. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments and gold on cotton, ...click for details
18th - early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Buddha Akshobhya wearing monk’s robe and balancing vajra in his left hand, his right hand in “touching the ground” mudra. Akshobhya is one of the 5 Transcendent Buddhas and is the Lord of Pure Land of Abhirati in the East, usually his skin depicted as being deep blue. He is surrounded by 8 seated Buddhas, their hands in mudras identical to his. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments and gold on cotton, original Chinese silk broc ...click for details
19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting 6-armed Bhuddist dharmapala Hayagriva easily recognizable by 3 horse heads in his crown. He is considered to be the terrific form of Avalokiteshvara and thus the archetype of fierce compassion. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous snakes, there are 3 lamas depicted above (the central one being Tsonkhapa), and 3 deities (White Tara, Begtse and Green Tara) below. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cott ...click for details
Late 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Vajrabhairava - the conqueror of the Lord of Death - with his 9 heads, 34 arms and 16 legs. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous humans, animals and demons, thus symbolizing the victory of Vajrayana over phenomenal existence. There are deities surrounding him, the lower left being Yama - the Lord of Death - on a bull attended by his sister Yami. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments on cotton, original Chines ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a standing man wearing a courtier’s hat and hugging a huge bell. Wonderful carving, great face with horn inlaid eyes, beautiful patina, old and not really noticeable loss to the opening of the bell on the back caused by its intended use as himotoshi (cord opening). Signed MASAMINE on the bottom - for information on this left-handed carver, whose work in wood is rather rare see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Laza ...click for details
Late 19th century Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Noh theater mask of Hashihime - a ghost of a wildly jealous woman. Uncommon image, crisp detailing, slight darkening of protruding parts from wear, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal SEKISEN on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 177, signature 264. Height 1 9/16 inches.
Late 19th century Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Noh theater mask of Demon Hannya. Crisp modeling with beautiful detailing, white enamel highlights, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal SEKIHO on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 176, signatures 258-260. Height 1 13/16 inches.
Late 19th century Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Kyogen theater mask of Bishamon - one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune. He is a God of riches, an equivalent of Vaishravana, and thus is the protector of the Northern direction. Crisp detailing, great severe face, white enamel highlights, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal ONKO on the back - the artist does not seem to be recorded, but is clearly a master potter. Height 1 1/2 inches.